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Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For the past 30 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

September 4

PIANO ROOTS: CHICAGO TO DALLAS
September 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones displays his jazz roots with music from his birthplace of Chicago and from his current home in Texas. Joined by drummer Marcus Jones and bassist Anthony “AJ” Brown, Arlington does a take on the sounds of Chicago pianist Ramsey Lewis and Texas-born Scott Joplin.

This concert is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, call (214) 520-7788.

October 2

NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES
October 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Multi-instrumentalist and former Sammons Jazz artistic director Roger Boykin takes center stage with a dazzling set of blues guitar. Joining Roger are Herman Samples on drums, Joseph Goff on electric bass, Miriam Morales on piano, and Rachel Dupard on vocals.

The blues continue in the second set with the Brannen and Red Show, featuring Red Young on vocals and Hammond organ and Brannen Temple on drums.

This concert is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, call (214) 520-7788.

November 6

THE SPICE OF LIFE
November 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Jazz is the spice of life, starting with the “Latin rhythms meet soul” sounds of Clave Con Alma: Jeremy Hull on bass, Mike Drake on drums, Jorge Ginorio on lead percussion, Paul Birk on trombone, Karl Lampman on reeds, Kelly Durbin on piano, and Kerry Adams on trumpet and flugel.

The N’awlins Gumbo Kings bring the sounds of Bourbon Street and The Big Easy to Big D. Playing the second set are Steve Howard on trumpet, Mike Sizer on clarinet/sax, Tony Baker on trombone, Andrew Griffith on drums, Kelly Durbin on piano, and Jeffry Eckels on bass.

This concert is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, please call (214) 520-7788.

December 4

6 HANDS ON JAZZ
December 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones invites two of his pianist friends, Fred Sanders and Grammy winner Caleb McCampbell, to perform the season closer. The two sets feature three pianists in an unpredictable musical experience you won’t want to miss. Joining the trio are James Driscoll on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums.

This concert is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, please call (214) 520-7788.

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Season Schedule

About

Sammons Cabaret is a New York-style cabaret performance series launched in the Spring of 2012 featuring top local vocal performers. The series showcases local artists in an intimate, elegant setting where the artist is the focal point. It is an intensely personal evening of song and stories, where the audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist.

The Carson Series of Sammons Cabaret, sponsored by Judy and Royal Carson, features top local vocalists performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, torch songs, and other standards.

Presented in the intimate setting of Kurth Hall on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again during intermission. Doors to Kurth Hall, located on the fourth floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Cabaret: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

August 23

ASTRID MERRIMAN CABARET & CABERNET FETE
August 23, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beginning with a wine tasting, the Astrid Merriman Cabaret & Cabernet Fete is a semi-annual evening of fine music and fine wines highlighted by a cabaret singer showcase. The showcase features more than ten of the DFW area’s top vocalists, each performing one song from the Great American Songbook, a Broadway show, a jazz standard, or even a pop classic. The popular Larry Petty Combo accompanies many of the singers.

Reserved tables of six guests cost $400; reserved tables of eight guests cost $500. Admission for all guests includes the wine tasting, cabaret showcase, light appetizers, other beverages, and valet parking. Tables hosts also receive a gift certificate for two tickets to a Sammons Cabaret and a CD by a local cabaret artist.

Click here to sample the Cabaret & Cabernet experience. For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or email info@sammonsartcenter.org.

September 19

MARC TOUSSAINT: The Forever Songs
September 19, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Dallas native Marc Toussaint opens the fall season of this entertaining blend of stories and songs with “The Forever Songs.” Listening to Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, and other great crooners since he was 10 years old, Toussaint has since made a name for himself with a smooth and sophisticated voice that led to shared shows with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mike Love, and Lyle Lovett.

October 17

DENISE LEE
October 17, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Denise Lee’s powerful voice, warm and friendly demeanor, and her sassy and sensual performance style have charmed theater, nightclub and television audiences for more than two decades. The 2013 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year returns to the Sammons Center to perform her preferred style of cabaret — singing, acting, and bantering with her fans.

November 21

HEATHER PATERSON: Basically Bacharach
November 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Heather Paterson’s lovely voice and enchanting stage presence has made her a fan favorite throughout Texas and led to her being named 2011 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year. Those qualities and her soothing demeanor, a valuable quality in her long career as a pediatric nurse, guarantee her “Basically Bacharach” show will provide plenty of magic moments.

December 19

Carolyn Lee Jones presents “Hooray for the Girls,” a captivating 70 minutes of songs from the women composers, lyricists, and singers who have given us a wealth of memorable songs. Her sophisticated vocals have led to five themed cabaret shows, four albums, and performances throughout DFW.

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About

Sammons Discovery launched in 2016 to showcase the unique music artists and music of North Texas. From mandolin orchestras and jazz harp ensembles to percussionists and guitarists whose repertoires span multiple genres, the series has proven to be a special performance experience for the artists and audiences alike.

Presented in the historic setting of Meadows Hall on select Fridays, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:30 pm through intermission. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Discovery: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

Sammons Center for the Arts programs depend on both individual and corporate donors like you. Thank you for your support of the best Jazz and Cabaret performances in town! Please see sponsorship opportunities below:

Underwrite a Concert

Sponsorships for Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret or Sammons Center Discovery Concerts start at $1500.  These concerts provide a unique opportunity for your company to combine client development with the support of the arts in Dallas.  The friendly, non-commercial setting creates an informal atmosphere in which your company’s executives and clients can be entertained and enjoy a company-sponsored event.

SAMMONS JAZZ is a complete evening entertainment package including free valet parking, complimentary beverages, and dinner, and, of course, the best live jazz entertainment in Dallas.  Your company will continue to enhance its reputation for investing in quality while receiving benefits and prominent recognition.  SAMMONS CABARET AND SAMMONS CENTER DISCOVERY provide unique custom-tailored sponsorship opportunities that also include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and beverages.  For more information please complete the Inquiry Form or call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.

Directions

The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).

Parking

There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.

Accessibility

All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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